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Silva the key as Dempo play Mumbai FC

Dempo would look to rediscover their attacking flair and collect full points when they meet Mumbai FC in a fifth round match of the I-League at Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

Dempo would look to rediscover their attacking flair and collect full points when they meet Mumbai FC in a fifth round match of the I-League at Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.

Despite half of the side doing national duty and Joaquim Abranches and Valeriano Rebello on injury list,Dempo have done a commandable job of keeping the team afloat so far with a win against JCT,draws against Churchill Brothers,Mohun Bagan and going down 0-1 to East Bengal to collect five points from four matches.

Dempo will be looking to their playmaker Roberto Silva to lead the attack along with Nigerian Kalu Ogba Nannu,Nicolau Borges and Peter Carvalho. Joe Rodrigues’ return from injury will also strengthen the attack.

The defence has put up a reasonable performance but the upfront will have to be more focussed and sharp.

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“My boys have played well so far creating lot of chances but we were not able to win matches due to lack of finishing. But the way they practise today,they are determined to win tomorrow,” said Dempo coach Armando Colaco.

On the other hand,Mumbai FC,who are relatively inexperienced side,had a dream start winning their first three matches until they got a thrashing from East Bengal in their last match to dent their confidence.

Mumbai FC,who are third at league standings with nine points,will be looking to their experience Noel Wilson,Bungo Singh and Lalwampuia to counter the rival midfield.

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“Dempo are the champions and they have a good bench strength. They have the advantage of playing at home and it will be difficult to beat them but my boys have come prepared to face them. Our aim is to defend first and not to lose points,” Mumbai FC coach Subrata Bhattacharya said.

First published on: 22-12-2010 at 04:06 IST
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